Portrait of nine Maori men, including Waata Hipango and Takarangi Metekingi, and two Europeans - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Portrait of nine Maori men, including Waata Hipango and Takarangi Metekingi, and two Europeans - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Maori group and meeting house - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington, ca 1900.

Maori group and meeting house - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington, ca 1900.

“After my mother passed away we were cleaning out the house and we came across this suitcase of photos”  Around the year 1900, New Zealand photographer William Partington took photographs of the life along the Whanganui River. The photos lay undiscovered for over a hundred years.   ‘I Am the River’ is a rare insight into the #Maori tribe’s struggle to protect their cultural heritage | http://aje.me/182rHMk

“After my mother passed away we were cleaning out the house and we came across this suitcase of photos” Around the year 1900, New Zealand photographer William Partington took photographs of the life along the Whanganui River. The photos lay undiscovered for over a hundred years. ‘I Am the River’ is a rare insight into the #Maori tribe’s struggle to protect their cultural heritage | http://aje.me/182rHMk

Rihipeti Kurahoro and child, at Koroniti - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Rihipeti Kurahoro and child, at Koroniti - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Maori woman carrying a baby on her back - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Maori woman carrying a baby on her back - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Studio portrait of an unidentified Maori woman wearing a kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Studio portrait of an unidentified Maori woman wearing a kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Mare carrying a baby on her back - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Mare carrying a baby on her back - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Te Onetu Metekingi - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Te Onetu Metekingi - Photograph taken by William Henry Thomas Partington

Studio portrait of a young woman wearing traditional Maori clothing - Photographed by William Henry Thomas Partington

Studio portrait of a young woman wearing traditional Maori clothing - Photographed by William Henry Thomas Partington

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